Adoption: The Loving Choice

Romans 8:15

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Galatians 4:4-6

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Ephesians 1:4-5

According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will…

November is National Adoption Month.  This month the spotlight will be shined on one of  the most loving earthly institutions known to man:  adopting into one’s family a child who needs a loving forever family.

Adoption is possible through many avenues:  private adoption through a licensed agency,  international adoption, or foster-to-adopt, where licensed foster parents are allowed to adopt children in their care at little or no cost to them.  Either of these methods are a blessing to the child who is in need and to the family who gives them a home.

Ten years ago I adopted my two youngest children.  It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  They bring joy and love to our home that we would not have experienced without their presence.  They have had their challenges, but walking alongside them as we dealt with those challenges has only made me love them more.

As I look at scripture, I see how the Christian is also the recipient of the blessing of adoption.  God chose Abraham to start a nation, the Israelites, or as we refer to them now, the Jews.  The Jews were and still are God’s chosen people.  They are His family.  He loves them with an everlasting love.  But there were times in Biblical history where the Jews rejected the God Who chose them.  So God, through His Son Jesus, opened the “door” so that any who would believe could become part of His family.  All those who believed but were not born Jewish are known as Gentiles.  Any Gentile who put their trust in the LORD were “adopted” into God’s family.  Without adoption into God’s family, our destination would be hell for all eternity.  I am so thankful that God decided to adopt me!

During the month of November, when the spotlight is on the subject of adoption, consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent.  You do not have to be perfect, or rich, or educated…you only have to be willing and patient.  There are so many children out there who need a forever family.  Could your family be the one they are waiting for?

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